NASHVILLE, TN: This year, the Music Group of Vanderbilt’s Programming Board wanted to do it BIG for Homecoming (no pun intended). The 15th Annual Commodore Quake will feature Big Sean, Detroit’s shining star, and Harlemite A$AP Ferg, member of the A$AP Mob collective, on Friday, October 21st. Inviting performers of their caliber to grace the stage at Memorial Gym will ensure the scene is nothing short of amazing.
“After the record-breaking successes we had with Future headlining this year’s Rites of Spring Music Festival, we knew that not only was rap an appealing genre for attendees, and that this would be our best move for our annual event held in October,” said Music Group committee chair Rachel Kovan. “Students and the Nashville community want a memorable experience, so we did our best to give them exactly what they want.”
B-I-G Sean Don, aka Big Sean, has surely delivered hit after hit for nearly the past decade. The newfound Roc Nation signee has remained faithful to his Finally Famous brand since he dropped his debut mixtape by the same name in 2007. Throughout the next 9 years, Sean Anderson went on to release a slew of popular singles, mixtapes, and albums. Songs like “Dance (A$$)” ft. Nicki Minaj and “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash ruled the charts and airwaves for weeks at a time, solidifying Big Sean’s place as a hip-hop heavy hitter.
His most successful solo project to date was Dark Sky Paradise (his first platinum album), featuring “IDFWU” ft. E-40 (3x-platinum), “Blessings” ft. Drake and Kanye West (2x-platinum), and “Play No Games” ft. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign (gold). They helped him earn a #1 peak position on the US Billboard 200 chart and a myriad of nominations and awards from the Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, and BET Hip-Hop Awards. Proving himself as a producer of powerful punchlines, his latest project, Twenty88, is a more soulful, laidback EP recorded with his long-time collaborator Jhené Aiko. It proves that Big Sean is comfortable in exploring new sounds, while still giving listeners that same Detroit swagger we know and love.
It all goes down in the trap and A$AP Ferg rules that realm. His 2013 debut album Trap Lord, laid down his hypnotic hood decree over the course of thirteen visceral, vibrant, and visionary tracks. The results were a chart topping success, entering at #2 on the Billboard Rap Album chart, #9 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the R&B Albums and #5 on the Top Digital Albums chart. In 2013, he dropped the solo hit “Work,” which properly introduced the world to his succinct skills and penchant for intense, otherworldly delivery. It also attracted Rocky, French Montana, ScHoolBoy Q, and Trinidad James to a high-profile remix and video that has garnered over 44 million YouTube/VEVO views to date and earned Ferg a “Who New? Rookie of the Year” trophy and Video Director of the Year nomination at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.
A$AP Ferg and Big Sean collaborated on the single “World Is Mine” and serves as the third single off Ferg’s recently released sophomore album Always Strive and Prosper, which debuted at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart upon its release in May.
Ticket sales are scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, July 29th and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (615) 343-3361. They are also available with no service charge at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt Campus. For More information on Commodore Quake, please visit http://studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/vpb/themusicgroup or follow us @commodorequake.
The 15th Annual Commodore Quake is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Programming Board Music Group.
Vanderbilt Contact: Arts & Campus Events, Vanderbilt University – Dwayne V. Elliott – (615) 322-2471